DAMASCUS (Reuters) – President Bashar al-Assad met a Republican member of the U.S. Congress on Thursday, a day after Democrat House Speaker Nancy Pelosi ended a visit to Syria that was criticized by the White House.

The official news agency said the meeting between Assad and Darrell Issa, a member of the House Committee on Intelligence, discussed ways to improve relations between Washington and Damascus.

darrell_issa.jpgDid Darrell Issa (R-CA) commit a treasonous act? Did his act of insolent treason bring anarchy to American foreign policy? Should he be jailed for violating the Logan Act of 1799? Will there be a shortage of paper lunch bags due to runs made on them by wingnuts who are hyperventilating over this?

I say two No votes and one Yes. It’s amazing to me the lengths to which these folks will go given the sheer irony of their resistance to looking to the right for examples of that which they deam treason. Hypocrisy knows no bounds among these people.

What the media mostly ignored was the cabal of Republicans visiting Syria at the same damned time the White House was pummeling Pelosi for such action. The righty ‘sphere played right along. Hell, the excuse now is they “trust” Issa more than Nancy. Fucking Duh!

The bottom line? Because the failed leadership of the Bush administration would not follow the advice of the BIPARTISAN Iraq Study Group and engage the Syrians, several real leaders (Ds and Rs) decided to take matters into their own hands and do what needed to be done. It’s called leadership – something this administration and modern day Republicans know very little about. The administration and the wingnut blogosphere would rather play cheap political games and go about the saber rattling.

More than a dozen U.S. lawmakers have visited Damascus in the last four months and met Assad after the Iraq Study Group recommended to Republican President George W. Bush engaging with Damascus and Iran to help stabilize Iraq.

Thanks for the leadership Bush! Not…

  • geez, settle down Eric ;-). But I agree there is a lot of hyperventilating going on.

    yeah I trust Issa more than Nancy, but it’s conditional:

    1. they check with the state dept on messaging and approval for the visit.

    2. They agree to be debriefed by the appropriate intelligence agencies afterwards.

    If they can’t get approval on number one, then they shouldn’t go, period. That goes for both Pelosi and Issa. The difference is I simply think Darrell given his history is more likely to understand the bigger picture and not undercut the administration.

    We do know that the administration asked Pelosi not to go, which should have ended it right there.

  • BushCo asked Pelosi not to go? Yawn. You have GOT to be kidding me? I can’t image they’d do that!

    You sound like you are almost saying we should practice diplomacy more in the Middle East, which I agree. This “strategy” of isolation and calling folks the “axis of evil” has not panned out too well. The more pressure we can put on them from different directions the better. But we could do without the treasonous chitter chatter by the nattering nabobs.

    The continued bashing of Pelosi is what is insanely disengenous and is what pisses me off, along with the fact that the ISG recommended these very actions while BushCo ignored them.

  • What I am saying is that “not talking” may indeed be part of a comprehensive diplomatic strategy of putting pressure on Syria.

    That’s exactly what we did with NoKo, where we said, yeah we’ll talk but only in this format. And it worked!

    So yes, I’m in favor of diplomacy, but I also recognize that it comes in all forms and works best when we have one strategy and everyone sticks to it. Even when they don’t agree with it…

  • From what are you concluding that this administration even HAS a strategy?

    Besides, the Congress is a co-equal branch of the government, and just because this executive thinks it’s a monarchy doesn’t mean everyone else has to buy into the delusion.

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